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    COUNTRY Financial supports Cook County Farm Bureau’s Agriculture in the Classroom

    04/06/2020 @ 10:30 am

    COUNTRY Financial was proud to renew their annual partnership with IAITC and this year, to support a limited run of Earth Day posters. Displayed in offices around the state, the poster is just one of the many partnerships their annual contribution affords. Promoting the relationship, many Agricultural Literacy Coordinators and COUNTRY Representatives took to social media to share photos of the posters. Cook County AITC distributed copies of the poster to local teachers during their March 11th Earth Day Workshop.

    Hemp facing competition to be economically viable

    04/05/2020 @ 8:00 am | By Kay Shipman,Farmweek

    Illinois’ industrial hemp acres skyrocketed within one year, but the fledgling crop and licensed growers face challenges to achieve economic viability.USDA Economic Research Service (ERS) recently released a nationwide study on the economic viability of U.S. hemp legalized in 47 states by December 2019.

    Demand for year-round Illinois tomoatoes continues to grow

    04/05/2020 @ 7:00 am | By Mike Orso

    MightyVine CEO Gary Lazarski showcases some of the company’s tomatoes ready for picking. The company opened two greenhouses five years ago, opened another late last year and could open another within the next year

    Nursing Scholarship Application Available

    04/04/2020 @ 4:35 pm

    Applications are now available for nurse practitioner scholarships through the Illinois Farm Bureau® Rural Nurse Practitioner Scholarship Program. There will be 10 scholarships, worth $4,000 each, granted this year.

    Soil Testing Kits Available

    04/04/2020 @ 2:30 pm

    Cook County Farm Bureau offers both members and non-members an opportunity to test their garden or lawn soil by purchasing a soil testing kit. Soil, in its natural state, is rarely fertile enough for the best growth of plants. Usually, it is necessary to supplement the earth’s store of plant nutrients before we can obtain the most vigorous lawn, the most abundant and brilliant flowers, the most aesthetically satisfying trees/shrubs and the greatest yield of tasty and nutritious vegetables, or crops. Test your soil pH, potassium, phosphorous, and other key elements to begin the soil improvement process.

    Cook County Farm Bureau and Partners Raise Cash and Food Donations for Local Food Pantry

    04/04/2020 @ 11:45 am

    Together with partners, Cook County Farm Bureau® donated much needed food staples to Together We Cope. The donations directly benefit the 5,000 people in four Cook County townships who rely on the food pantry monthly.

    "Adopt" an Easter Lily & Flower Program

    04/04/2020 @ 7:00 am

    Purchase an Easter lily and flower from a local greenhouse and garden center and spread goodwill, love, and beauty to your family, friends and neighbors during these difficult times.

    Get to Know Your Local Official: County Board

    04/03/2020 @ 4:00 pm

    The Illinois Constitution mandates that a county board be elected in each county.

    The county board is both the legislative and executive branch of county government. As a legislative body, the board enacts ordinances and resolutions that can apply to the county as a region, including the cities within it, or specifically to the unincorporated area of the county.

    Farm Bureau Strives to Protect Working Animals

    04/03/2020 @ 2:00 pm

    Cook County Farm Bureau® in partnership with the Horsemen’s Council of Illinois drafted and introduced legislation to create the Local Working Animal Protection Act to ensure individuals the opportunity to use animals such as horses.

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